Monday, July 23, 2007

Double Blessings

Good morning, Dear friends and Prayer Partners! This is the wet day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Yes, we have already had some rain, but it looks like the clouds are moving out for a little while. We had a drought for so long, and now God is bringing plentiful rain.

The water at the Park is up and that's good for the fishing of the water birds. I saw a great blue heron pluck a fish from the canal yesterday, and gulp it down, without even turning it around. It must feel funny swimming around in the gullet!

2 Peter 1:7
"In your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love."

From Quiet Moments:

Cecil Rhodes, British statesman and financier, and endowed the famous Rhodes Scholarships, was known as a stickler for correct dress - but not at the expense of someone else's feelings.

Once it was told that Rhodes invited a young man to an elegant dinner at his home. The guest had to travel a great distance by train and arrived in town only in time to go directly to Rhodes's home in his travel-stained clothes. Once there, he was distressed to find that dinner was ready to begin and the other guests were gathered in their finest evening clothes. But Rhodes was nowhere to be seen. Moments later, he appeared in a shabby old blue suit. The young man later learned that his host had been dressed in evening clothes but put on the old suit when he heard of his guest's embarrassment.

Rabbi Samuel Holdenson captured the spirit behind Rhode's gesture, saying:

"Kindness is the inability to remain at ease in the presence of another person who is ill at ease, the inability to remain comfortable in the presence of another who is uncomfortable, the inability to have peace of mind when one's neighbor is troubled.'"

The simplest act of kindness not only affects the receiver in profound ways, but brings blessings to the giver as well. It makes us feel good to make others feel good. So do something nice for yourself today-commit a random act of kindness!

You cannot do a
kindness too soon
because you never
know how soon it
will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,